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#1 2009-07-16 03:43:35

Jason G
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Name: Jason Green
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[ID] Fly with spotted thorax and orange abdomen, please!

Morning, one and all!

I saw this today, but can't really pin down a family, even. I kind of suspect a family from the Opomyzoidea or Ephydroidea superfamilies...

Any ideas, please?

Take care,

Jason


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#2 2009-07-16 12:17:12

Laurence Clemons
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Re: [ID] Fly with spotted thorax and orange abdomen, please!

It is a Pseudolyciella sp. (Lauxaniidae). Once upon a time this was known as P. pallidiventris but it is now split into pallidiventris, stylata and subpallidiventris. Identification is based on the male genitalia.

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#3 2009-07-17 23:42:58

Jason G
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Re: [ID] Fly with spotted thorax and orange abdomen, please!

Thanks Laurence! I've just Googled Pseudolyciella pallidiventris, and it appears to be an RDBK species. Now, two thoughts. If my individual photographed was once called P. pallidiventris, does this mean my said individual is an RDBK as per the name given as the RDBK entry - or because it's since been split-up into a species-complex this could now be one of the three you mentioned?

Splitting's confusing...

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